Friday, February 24, 2012

A New "Shadowbox".......and I'm Still Working in My Workshops

This  time  it's  a  6 x 12 gallery  canvas  turned  over  and  magically  becoming  a  shadowbox  again--


If  you  follow  my  Facebook  page,  then  you  already  know  the  little  fact  about  this  wood  spool,  but  if  not,  I'll  tell  you--

These  wood  spools   are  around  6  inches  tall,  and  I  found  them  at  a  garage  sale.    There  were  2  boxes  of  them  with  about  30  in  each  box.   The  lady  let  me  have  them  all  for  $5.00!!    I  see  lots  of  possibilities with  them.   I  LOVE  garage  sales  (in  case  you  don't  know),  and  I  can't  wait  for  them  to  start  up  again!
......and   I  had  fun  with  all  of  the  little  details......






I  seem to  have  a  recurring  theme  in  these  last  few  pieces  that  I've  been  making...



...and  that  would  be  that  Life  is  Good!   And  right  now  life  is  very  good  here  in  Salter  land.   Well,  for  one  thing,  Spring  is  on  its  way--Winter  never  came,  so  we've  been  enjoying  spring-like  weather  for  a  while  now.    And....tomorrow,  I'm  going  to  a  baby  shower---my  son's  girlfriend's  to  be  exact.  I  mentioned  last  Fall  that  I  was  going  to  be  a  grandmother  for  the  first  time--April  to  be  exact.   And  now  we  know  that  it's  a   girl!    Oh  my  goodness!!--I  forgot  how  fun  it   is  to  shop  for  a  little  baby  girl.. and  I'm  having  lots  of  fun  shopping  for  her!   And  then  in  May,  my  daughter  is  getting  married!   So..Life  is  pretty  good  right  now  around  here--a  little  hectic...but  in  a  good  way.

I'm  still  enjoying  my  Fresco  workshop  with  Joyce--


.....just  loving  the  texture...

And  speaking  of   workshops--back  in  the  Fall,  I  signed  up  for  Sharon's  Faces  in  Collage  class,  but  really  didn't  have  time  for  it.    But  now  I  started  fooling  around  with  paint-over  collaged  faces.   I  wanted  to  try  it  out  in  my  journal  of  girls,  and  I  loved  painting  this  way--


At  first,  it  felt  kind  of  weird  painting  over  a  face  that  was  already  there,  but  I  got  over  that  quick--I  love  that  the  facial  features  are  already  there  to  guide  you,  but  how  you  can  turn  the  face  into  your   own  style.   I'm   hoping  to  make  an  art  piece  from  what  Sharon  is  teaching  us  in  her  class.

And  one  more  thing--I  want  to  thank  Natasha  for  giving  me  The  Versatile  Blogger  award  on  her  blog  today---great  start  for  my  day  and  weekend.   Go  check  out  her  blog --she's  very  fun,  not  to  mention,  a  very  talented  artist!


31 comments:

Sharon Tomlinson said...

That spool was just begging for a 6 x 12. I've never seen a spool like that. What a find! Your faces are lovely and I want to tank you for the classroom shout out. I appreciate you.

Sharon Tomlinson said...

Yes yes tank you tank you thank you!

Bren said...

love what you did with the spool, great piece, so happy. And congrats on all fronts, sounds like you and your family have lots to celebrate! And there's nothing like being a Grandmother :-)

Isabel said...

Loving those spools:O) And congrats on all the good things going on in your life and a Baby Girl how fun!!:O) :O)

Tina said...

Enjoy watching your work grow and bloom. So glad life is good :)

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Your art is all about the details! Oh how pretty! Happy times for you right now! I'm so happy for you! ♥ I'm having a friendship giveaway right now...hope you can stop by soon! Hugs! ♥

Artistic Accents by Darla said...

Your assemblage skills are so amazing! You make want to go out and look at everything (garage sales, auction sales) in a whole new light! That's how well you inspire Diane...THANK YOU!

Wax Beach Artist said...

Diane or shall I say Grandma...Congratulations!!! Oh I remember the excitement with the first one. I was totally beside myself. Enjoy this time because though the coming of each grandchild is special there is nothing like the first one. Sending a big happy hug!!

And your art! I can feel the happiness coming though in your art. Extra fun and joy with the colors and growing of the good life! More hugs :)

NatashaMay said...

I'm happy for the good life. :) Shadow boy is fabulous and so ar the girls. I love paint-overs, too. :)

Rebeca Trevino said...

Life IS good, isn't it? Congratulations to you on all counts: your art, your new-soon to be born grand baby, and own daughter's wedding. You must be beaming.

The shadow box is terrific, the colors are bold, and the details express all the happy things going on in your life. I love looking at all the details - my eyes keep going back and forth over each piece you create, to make sure I don't miss anything.
(good score on the wooden spools.)

Kathy said...

Congratulations on all the happy events you have coming up!
Those spools were a great score and I'm looking forward to seeing the creative ways you come up with for using them.

Cathy Bueti said...

Diane this is amazing!! Your creativity knows no bounds!! And I love your two new girls!! I have yet to try a paint over technique. For some reason it intimidates me. lol

Marilyn Rock said...

So beautiful - always your art. I love the spool - all of it! It sure looks like you're enjoying your classes and turning them into your own! xxoo

wanda miller said...

i am always just a shadow away...thank goodness...not to miss anything here! just LOVE that cylinder and shape of the canvas, oh creative one! xo

Joyce van der Lely said...

Those spools........wowowowowowowow !!!!! Lucky you, lucky find and you make them amaaaaaaaaazingly beautiful ♥♥♥

Joyce van der Lely said...

And thank you again for the reference to the Fresco workshop. You are making wonderful pieces there as well xoxo

Deb Harvey said...

Congratulations on becoming a grandmother,and on your daughter's wedding! Very exciting!
I love your shadowbox, and your girls! The classes sound very interesting and fun!

sharon said...

All three pieces are incredible, I can't decide which one I like the best! The shadowbox is my favorite so far...it's over the top Diane, and the faces are so different, I love the texture of the first and the writing on the second! I can't keep up with your creativity...it's amazing!

Dorthe said...

I LOVE this Diane- and love the spools you so lucky found-

and congratulations on soon becoming a grandma, that will be the best time ever for you, holding that tiny new family member .

Your facepainting looks also amazing, and so does your wonderful fresco piece- so many different art pieces and all fabolous.
Hugs,Dorthe

J. Beaudet said...

Gorgeous faces Diane! Wow you have a lot of exciting times ahead! First granbaby! Congratulations!
Hope your weekend is nice and relaxing.
Jenniferxx

Ms. Lucy said...

Hi there- your latest creation is mesmerizing- I love it!
Just wanted to mention that I just finished a piece from Faces in Collage myself! Painting on faces was new to me- I'm amazed and pleasantly surprised by the transformations it brings out. Great post -thanks!

Rosie said...

Wow what a find those spools are, and I love what you've done with this one! I do hope your new grand-daughter brings you as much joy as mine have .... its the best!!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous work as always!!!! What a find those spools were!!! :) And I love your painted-over collage face. I will soon be attempting this, myself. Looking forward to it. And congrats on your blog award!

Manon said...

Diane how lovely you are becoming a grandmother! Baby clothes are just the best thing to shop for I agree. I like how you have done the collaged face. I think it is a great way of learning!
Enjoy all the good stuff!
ManonX

Laure Janus ~ Little Joys Studio said...

Hi Diane ~

Just a note to let you know that I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blog Award. Here’s a link to my blog post that talks about it:

http://laurejanus.blogspot.com/2012/02/versatile-blog-award.html

There’s also a link to the Versatile Award site that explains the premise behind the award. I picked your blog because I always leave with something I didn’t have before, whether it’s inspiration, validation, information, or a smile. Sometimes all of the above! I always read your posts regardless of how many posts I have in my reader or how tired I may be. Thanks for your contribution to the blog world, your words make a difference to me and many others, I’m sure. You’re welcome to choose your own favorite blogs to award but please don’t feel obligated to do so. People are busy and this isn’t meant to be one more thing to add to the to-do list. Just know that your blog brightens my day!

Cheers ~
Laure Janus
Chaos and Art

Gaby Bee said...

First of all, congratulations on becoming a grandmother!

You are so busy...love all three pieces, but especially the shadowbox. The colors are fantastic!

Wishing you a wonderful, art-filled week!

Gaby xo

Suzanne said...

I would never have guessed that was a spool. I love the 3D-ness of your box.

Lisa Graham Art said...

Diane...you just have such a touch with everything you do. EVERYTHING!

My favorite thing in this post is your fresco face...yes! That texture...and those eyes...how do you make those eyes? Amazing.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today. : )

Cameron said...

Oh, Diane! So much Love in this post....a new baby girl, a wedding, pouring out art from heart to fingertips.....
Life is treating you very good....and I'm so happy for you!!!!

Kristin said...

WOWOWOWOW! So much beauty here - LOVING the fresco work especially, xoxo

Gloria said...

I'm happy that there is happiness in your life. Love those spools and what you are doing with them. Very nice shadowbox. I am working on one right now but am not to sure how to go about it. Your creativity is awesome. Stay happy.

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